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Solidarity Against Comcast’s Assault on the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 Rally
November 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
About this Event
Who: Everyone Who Benefits from Civil Rights Laws that Fight Discrimination (Women, Black, LGBTQ, Asian, Latinx, Indian, American Indian, and Other POC)
What: Solidarity Against Comcast’s Assault on the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 Rally, Cancelling Comcast Service, Make Phone Calls and Send Emails/Letters to Members of SCOTUS
When: Now through Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Where: Protest Rally in Washington, DC on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)
If You Cannot Attend the Rally:
- Cancel your Comcast/Charter streaming service today [How to Cut The Cable Cord]
- Contact Comcast and Comcast’s CEO on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. and demand they stop this attach in the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 before the Supreme Court
- Contact the Supreme Court and ask them to not change the current law.
Why? Because Comcast/NBCUniversal is going before SCOTUS seeking to change an important civil rights law on November 13, 2019. The company is asking SCOTUS to require a plaintiff to prove that 100% of the reason discrimination occurred was because of race.
Comcast/NBCUniversal and media mogul Byron Allen have been battling in court for years over his claim the company discriminated against him by refusing to carry his channels because of his race. With a huge African American subscriber base, Comcast spends over $11 billion a year licensing cable networks, but less than $5 million goes to media owners that are African American. “These are numbers that are unacceptable to me…,” Allen told The Grio.
Allen sued Comcast and the courts agreed with him. Comcast responded by filing an appeal that was struck down. Comcast then took the case to SCOTUS and the case will be heard on November 13, 2019. If Comcast wins the case, it will set a dangerous precedent, making it nearly impossible to prove racial discrimination in ANY case.
“Comcast/NBCUniversal teaming up with Donald Trump’s Department of Justice to eviscerate a civil rights statute in the U.S. Supreme Court is shameful, evil and the epitome of American institutionalized racism,” Allen told CultureBanx.
Watch and listen to Byron Allen breaks down the entire Comcast/NBCUniversal lawsuit – https://youtu.be/d6VBYU3Jvl4.
How to contact members of the Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Mail: Supreme Court of the United States, , 1 First Street, NE, , Washington, DC 20543
Telephone: 202-479-3000 (Available M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern) | TTY: 202-479-3472
For time sensitive or urgent questions please contact the Public Information Office at the following number: 202-479-3211.
Organized by Citizens and Residents of the United States of America, Urban Mediamakers, BlackGwinnett Magazine, Camrose Creative Services, WeCodeAcademy.
For more information: https://www.urbanmediamakers.com/we-must-fight-to-protect-the-civil-rights-bill-of-1866/
What Is The Civil Rights Act of 1866?
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was the first law enacted by the United States Congress clearly defining U.S. citizenship and affirming that all citizens are equally protected by the law. The Act represented the first step, albeit an incomplete one, towards civil and social equality for black Americans during the Reconstruction Period that followed the Civil War.
Key Takeaways: Civil Rights Act of 1866
- The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was the first federal law to affirm that all U.S. citizens are equally protected under the law.
- The Act also defined citizenship and made it illegal to deny any person of the rights of citizenship on the basis of their race or color.
- The Act failed to protect political or social rights like voting and equal accommodations.
- Today, the Civil Rights Act of 1866 is cited in Supreme Court cases dealing with discrimination.
When slavery officially ended in the United States in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln‘s Republican government went full throttle to change legislation that continued legalized racism. The first steps taken immediately after the Civil War were to ratify the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But racism remained deep seeded in the socialization of Americans, and the Black Codes (1865-1866) emerged camouflaging the mindset of racial discrimination and bias through what would be the predecessor to the Jim Crow era.But there were politicians that saw that more radical actions had to be taken to ensure the protection of newly freed Black people. According to History, Art & Archives of the United States House of Representatives, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lyman Trumbull of Illinois, proposed a bill that would mandate that “all persons born in the United States,” with the exception of American Indians, were “hereby declared to be citizens of the United States.” This was the basis of The Civil Rights Act of 1866.
Today, many still look to this act to fight discrimination. Read more from ThoughtCo.com.
Civil Rights Groups Slam Comcast
Civil rights groups slam Comcast for trying to weaken a key protection against racial discrimination – https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/10/02/civil-rights-groups-slam-comcast-trying-weaken-key-protection-against-racial-discrimination/